Have you ever asked a salesperson about the origin of some products but not received much information from them? It is a common situation in Hong Kong, especially in supermarkets.
Alternative economies have been evolving worldwide to create more sustainable alternatives to the mainstream system, so as to restore community resilence. They often exist in the form of cooperatives, focusing on the local economy, based on fair relationships and mutual support between consumers and producers, which nourishes the development of local production for local consumption. With a local focus, an alternate economy also helps preserve local culture.
Today, alternate markets like Farmers' Market, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Barter have been held in Hong Kong. These are successful cases that have proven their viability over many years.
Please make an effort to support the local sustainable economy.